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weekend brunch

The weather is crappy here today!  Lots of rain off and on, and even some sleet!

We had some friends over for brunch this morning and had quite the feast.

I cut up some fruit salad.

Cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple.

And, made some Cottage Cheese Muffins from 101cookbooks.com.

Filled with cottage cheese, almond flour, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.

You sprinkle the muffins with Parmesan cheese before baking and they come out delicious.

Mmmm..and make the house smell delicious too!  I definitely recommend giving these a try.

Our Southie crew likes to have potlucks, which always work out perfect, so this kept in the same theme.

Our guests brought quiche with spinach and feta.

And Raspberry Lemon French Toast.

Both were delicious!

Dinner was some leftover Southwestern Quinoa from last night.  Served on a bed of lettuce with some Sunflower Cheddar crackers.

Time to walk this little guy!

simple meals

It was a pretty low key day in the food department for me!  After getting home so late last night, I didn’t really want to think about meals today, but I made do pretty well.  I decided against a workout because of my lack of sleep!

For breakfast, I was craving a smoothie.  I added mango chunks today, which I loved!

In the smoothie mix:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxmeal
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1.5 cups water

I also munched on a piece of Banana Hemp Manna Bread with almond butter.  I love that bread!

Lunch was leftover Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from yesterday eaten at my desk.

And, a yogurt parfait with cottage cheese instead of yogurt!

A few weeks ago, Daisy Cottage Cheese sent me some of their 2% Low Fat Cottage Cheese to sample.  This is the first time I am digging into it!  I was out of yogurt, since we didn’t get to the grocery store yesterday, so I figured it was the perfect time to try it out.

I have not had a lot of cottage cheeses, but overall I liked what I tried from Daisy!  It was thick and creamy, unlike others that I have had.  I topped my serving of cottage cheese with berries and my homemade Chocolate Coconut Banana Granola.  One serving is 1/2 cup and contains 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 14 grams of protein!  Pretty good.

I plan to try out my samples a few different ways, so stay tuned!

For dinner, I wanted something easy again, but felt like comfort food.  I decided on Zucchini ‘Pasta’!

I broke out my spiralizer, and sliced up 4 zucchini’s.

Then, I threw all of the ‘spaghetti’ in a saute pan over medium heat (already heated with a little olive oil).

Once heated threw, I added 3 laughing cow wedges to the pot and covered it for about 3-5 minutes until the cheese gets soft and melty.

Mix it all up!  The cheese almost makes it like a light Alfredo sauce.

Along with the zucchini ‘pasta’, I made some homemade pita chips.

I took a whole wheat lavash roll-up from Whole Foods and spread it with a thin smear of butter, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and toasted in the toaster oven for one cycle.  Once toasted, I cut them up into squares.  They came out crispy and delicious!  Perfect with our ‘pasta’.

Another super easy and quick meal, if you have a spiralizer.  If not, you could throw the zucchini into the grater of a food processor, or chop by hand (but that would obviously take longer).  These chips would work perfectly with lots of meals, and dipped in hummus!